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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Hideo Nomo got a well-deserved beer dousing from his teammates.
The win qualified Nomo (4-6) for the Meikyukai, one of two special honors for Japanese players. Membership is automatic after a player reaches 2,000 hits or 200 wins. He is the 16th pitcher and 45th member overall. The other top honor is the Japanese Hall of Fame, where members are elected.
"Everybody poured beer on me, and it was really good fun," Nomo said through an interpreter. "I think it will be a real good memory one day because I got to celebrate with my teammates, and it's really good for the fans."
Nomo gave up four hits and benefited from two batters lining into double plays. He struck out two and walked two in just his second win in his last 11 starts.
"Bravo for him," Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella said. "It's quite an accomplishment. Proud of him. He's had a great career, and this is a special win."
Prince Fielder got his first two hits in the majors with a pair of doubles, earning his first major league RBI in the ninth with the second one. The son of former major league slugger Cecil Fielder was the Brewers' first-round pick in the 2002 draft.
"It was fun getting that first hit," Fielder said. "I wish we could have won. Now I'm not so wide-eyed. I still felt the butterflies, but I felt good."
Milwaukee purchased Fielder's contract from Triple-A Nashville on Monday, and he went 0-for-4 that night in his big league debut. He didn't play in Tuesday's game.
Franklin Nunez pitched the eighth and Danys Baez worked the ninth for his ninth save in 15 opportunities.
Brady Clark homered for Milwaukee, which has lost six of seven. Victor Santos (2-6) gave up five runs and eight hits in six-plus innings.
"I'm not discouraged," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "I believe we can turn it around real quick. We're good enough to do it."
Clark hit a leadoff homer in the first and Chris Magruder had an RBI grounder one inning later to put the Brewers up 2-0. Tampa Bay got a run back in the bottom of the second when Kevin Cash homered on the first pitch of his first at-bat this season.
"To get up and get that first at-bat and be a home run ... a hit is fine," Cash said. "A home run, that's always good."
Cash started the year sidelined by a shoulder injury and played 17 games at Triple-A Durham before being called up on Monday.
Alex Gonzalez tied it 2-all on a run-scoring double in the fourth. Tampa Bay went ahead 3-2 in the fifth when Julio Lugo scored from second with two outs when second baseman Rickie Weeks was charged with an error for misplaying Travis Lee's grounder.
Lugo's RBI double and a sacrifice fly by Nick Green gave the Devil Rays a 5-2 advantage in the seventh.
Nomo's combined record is 200-142, including 122-106 in the majors. ... Devil Rays CF Rocco Baldelli will undergo right elbow ligament replacement surgery next week. He could be ready for spring training next season. "It's disappointing," Baldelli said. "But I'm not going to take any time and feel bad for myself. I'm just going to rehab this injury and get better." ... Milwaukee LF Carlos Lee, among the NL leaders in homers and RBIs, didn't drive in a run and went 1-for-12 in the three-game series. ... Santos has lost five straight road decisions. ... Academy Award winning actress Susan Sarandon threw out a ceremonial first pitch. She played Annie Savoy in the movie Bull Durham.
|Players of the Game|
|Brady Clark, CF||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.320|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.263|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.285|
|Carlos Lee, LF||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.280|
|Bill Hall, 3B||4||2||2||0||0||0||2||.288|
|Prince Fielder, DH||4||0||2||1||0||0||0||.250|
|Damian Miller, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.277|
|Chris Magruder, RF||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||.219|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.179|
|2B - Prince Fielder 2 (2, Nomo, Baez)|
|HR - Brady Clark (7, Nomo)|
|RBI - Brady Clark (26), Prince Fielder (1), Chris Magruder (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Prince Fielder (1)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|E - Rickie Weeks 2 (2, wild throw)|
|Victor Santos (L,2-6)||6||8||5||3||2||3||1||2.87|
|IBB - Lee by Matt Wise|
|Pitches-Strikes - Victor Santos 106-65, Matt Wise 38-22|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Victor Santos 9-8, Matt Wise 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Victor Santos 30, Matt Wise 9|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Carl Crawford, LF||5||1||2||0||0||0||1||.276|
|Julio Lugo, SS||4||2||3||1||1||1||2||.290|
|Aubrey Huff, RF||5||0||1||0||0||2||3||.258|
|Damon Hollins, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.304|
|Jorge Cantu, DH||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.306|
|Travis Lee, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.254|
|Nick Green, 2B||3||1||0||1||0||0||1||.278|
|Reggie Taylor, CF||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.286|
|Kevin Cash, C||4||1||1||1||0||1||4||.250|
|Alex Gonzalez, 3B||4||0||2||1||0||1||0||.250|
|2B - Julio Lugo (12, Santos), Alex Gonzalez (5, Santos)|
|3B - Carl Crawford (5, Santos)|
|HR - Kevin Cash (1, Santos)|
|SF - Nick Green (2)|
|RBI - Julio Lugo (29), Nick Green (16), Kevin Cash (1), Alex Gonzalez (16)|
|2-OUT RBI - Kevin Cash (1), Alex Gonzalez (9)|
|SB - Julio Lugo (16, 2nd base off Santos/D. Miller), Travis Lee (4, 2nd base off Santos/D. Miller)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Lee, Green-Lee|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Hideo Nomo (W,4-6)||7||4||2||2||2||2||1||6.31|
|Franklin Nunez (H,1)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Danys Baez (S,9)||1||2||1||1||0||0||0||3.34|
|WP - Hideo Nomo (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Hideo Nomo 83-50, Franklin Nunez 12-8, Danys Baez 21-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hideo Nomo 6-12, Franklin Nunez 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Hideo Nomo 26, Franklin Nunez 3, Danys Baez 5|
|Attendance - 8801|
|Game Time - 2:34|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Larry Poncino|